Explanation Of Topic Wanderings….

The day’s topic (i.e., this week’s topic) started out to be Aviation Trail, Inc.  Not only is there stuff like some new approaches to communications there, a little review of what some dedicated “grassroots” people can do is always worthwhile.  Surprisingly, there are people who should know about ATI but, even after the more than 35 years of the organization’s existence, they don’t.

“Plant a tree for Earth day” came up somewhere in recent ATI/National Park Service information (exactly where is now lost in the mists).  The activity was scheduled for April 25 at the Wright Memorial (WPAFB).  It was a “collaborative” activity hosted by a (local) part of the air force that actually made it to somewhere in the local media news reports. That can happen but often doesn’t.

While discussing ATI made sense, incoming notifications said last week’s topic, some rather random comments about life in the old folks’ home underfoot, was still finding interested people as of Saturday.  If that truly interests people, it should be a frequent topic.  It is a somewhat “different” way of living, as is living in a monastery, dormitory, mountain cabin or at a battlefront.

The “House In The City,” the forerunner of this literary masterpiece, was literally an ordinary six room, two story house (actually turn of the 20th century mail order house) built like a big squarish cube in an ordinary, average income area of an average-sized city.  The matter came into existence because by then nearly half the area’s population was growing up in suburban areas.

Some things can be done any time.  🙂

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Old Folks’ Home, Continued….

Life in the old folks’ home (senior retirement community) tends to be rather unique.  Some of the residents think they’re just like everyone in the outside world, and they’re not.  They may have a contraption (cane, walker, hearing aid, whatever) whereby they supposedly can act like people in the outside world, but it doesn’t quite work that way.  Even a cane is an extra thing to deal with while doing something like opening a door.

One of the biggest annoyances in such places is the line-up at the elevators.  No walker, wheelchair, scooter or the like is going to take up the space of just one person.  Even if there’s no more than a half dozen of them (and there’s plenty more than that in the place underfoot), those without any such thing often don’t know how to accommodate those with them.  People can’t just pile in as able-bodied persons do in commercial buildings.

One big “trouble” is that the outside world moves much faster.  That might be nice at the grocery store check out, but it’s a different story on the telephone, especially if the telephone doesn’t work very well.  After a leisurely breakfast (say at 9:30 a.m.) one calls a business office only to have the person called rather unintelligibly rattle off something partly since he/she is trying to get something done before escaping the office for lunch.

The odds are excellent that going about ordinary things, like doing the laundry (some folks try it around 10:00 p.m. out of necessity) or having a meeting of some sort, is going to be charged with unexpected and confused “people interruptions” rather than anything like some mechanical failure, although those also happen.  And, if the fire department’s emergency squad’s standing in the way in a hall, it should be expected.

Sometimes one can’t count on peace.  😦

A Few Words About The Police….

There are times to call the police.  And, if one is going to call the police, since the purpose of police is maintaining lawful order, an important thing one should have is evidence of a crime or criminal activity, like a smashed window or even the likes of a gun laying randomly on a sidewalk.  It could be a piece of paper, too, or a recorded message.

However, the police can be helpful otherwise as well, especially if there is not a lot of crime going on at some time so police officers can’t do much but drive around patrolling.  If one has a problem (cat caught in some kind of odd situation and there seems to be no way to get the critter loose and no one’s around to help), it doesn’t hurt to ask.

The police exist to help the citizenry.  Sometimes they don’t do what someone wants.  At times they don’t even do what someone needs, but the world around would be a terrible place if they didn’t exist.  They show up for some reason about once a month at the old folks’ home underfoot, the saddest reason:  someone died and no one noticed.

There are actually a number of reasons why the police might show up at the old folks’ home.  These include wandering souls causing trouble with cars in the the parking lot and giving cautionary speeches.  Regardless of the reason they come, a cop car near the front of the building arouses curiosity.  Life isn’t just all relaxed at the old folks’ home.

Some things are in unexpected places.  🙂

On Creating Things

One of the ordinary joys of life is the moment when something a person puts together out of various materials becomes something rather grand.  This can be almost anything, like a baker taking a bunch of ingredients and after some work with it the finished product is a beautiful and tasty cake or a carpenter turning some boards into a lovely cabinet.  It can be small stuff or big stuff like inventing the airplane or the automobile.

Really special creations, of course, are something like the creation of a human being, which an amazing number of people can do and have done.  That doesn’t take a lot of education, money, talent or other things such as might be needed to create a lot of minor and rather ordinary things.  It doesn’t take much effort, but it does take a while to get a human to at least baby form.  (Humans do take quite a long while and effort after that.)

It might very well be assumed most new parents have a sense of wonderment given a new baby — a little something that will eventually grow into a self-sustaining human.  While they didn’t create the whatever that is life itself, they did create the material element (host).  An even greater sense of wonderment is likely to be there for parents who become grandparents — their creation created something to exist in a distant time.

The old folks’ home underfoot always has grandparents, even great-grandparents. And, just recently one especially thoughtful lady returned from seeing the arrival of the fifth generation in her family.  It’s a bit hard to imagine holding a bit of life that was passed on for the fourth time, which made her a great, great, grandmother, when what she wanted to do in life was just be happy and make others who were around her happy.

A life well lived doesn’t have to be a lot.  🙂

Winter Goes, Spring Begins

The “season” of Spring officially starts tomorrow in the northern hemisphere, which is often called “the northlands” in these pages.  In a sense “northlands” is a good word for certain things, for example, snow.  One can certainly be in the northern hemisphere and be somewhere there’s no snow.  The word “northlands” tends to convey a notion of areas closer to the north pole.

So, it’s officially Spring in the northlands tomorrow.  In the area underfoot there have already been warm days followed later by freezing temperatures and some snow.  There are little bitsy sprouty types of things all over the tree limbs and so forth.  The insect world is surely disturbed already.  And, presently many people have adjusted somewhat to the “spring time change.”

One fact of life in this time of “greeting spring” is that some people actually like winter.  They do not necessarily want it forever or deadly for that matter.  And, of course, there needs to be a warm place to be much of the time, especially after enjoying some play in the snow or on ice.  There’s no way to deny a layer of snow on dirty anything at least for a time makes it look better.

Spring is comfortable, hopeful, enlivening and so forth, but after it there comes summer.  Indeed, three-fourths of the year isn’t hopeful, enlivening and so forth or even necessarily comfortable.  If people are to be realistic, it’s not good to be too carried away with the arrival of Spring, even if it means no further need of lugging firewood into the house for at least the next six months or so.

Perspective can change things.  🙂

Move In, Move Out — Old Folks’ Home

Moving at the old folks’ home is likely a different matter than in the rest of the world out there.  To begin with, a first move in is likely to mean a reduced level of possessions, which is on the assumption that it’s from a house to a “senior retirement community” apartment building.  Only the contents of a house that will fit into the apartment are saved and moved.  Five, six or maybe eight rooms down to two if lucky amounts to a lot of reduction.

Once in, things may not work out as planned or hoped.  That leads to finding a new place and another move, but there is probably not as much of a problem with quantity as the first time.  A move from one apartment to another may very well come down to finding someone with a pick-up truck or some equivalent and a couple of people able to carry a mattress or a fairly large table.  Things like refrigerators are usually management supplied.

Move in can be anytime, but move out is often near the beginning of a month.  In a place of many apartments there may be a steady stream of activity Saturdays and Sundays about when the calendar page changes that’s a matter of hauling furniture to some vehicle, and it’s not usually a moving van, although at rare times even those are seen especially if it’s a move in case.  People who live there must wait for stuff to be hauled out of the way.

Both the move in and the move out can be for a number of reasons that are sometimes announced in some way although they really have no bearing on anyone else.  And, the thing is the whole business can disrupt other people’s coming and going.  The pick up truck out front is going to take up the space for a couple of hours while it’s loaded or unloaded, often by inexperienced hands.  Elevators don’t have space if there’s furniture being hauled.

Everyday life is different amid the elderly.  🙂

Old Folks’ Home Medical Matters

Trip and skin a knee or touch a hot pan wrong and, after a moment of painful shock, it’s usually realized things can be back to normal soon, especially given some medicating to help healing.  There may be a scar left, but soon enough life goes on as before.  Pick up a “bug” somewhere, figure out there is or must be one and maybe head for a doctor’s office for a prescription to help overwhelm it.  Such things are usually medically easily surmountable.

Young and old alike can also meet only partly surmountable medical situations, such as being seriously injured in an automobile accident.  And, of course, there are such things as birth defects.  For such, everyday living may have to be adjusted to approximate the norm — even using false teeth or eye glasses are only a try at approximating the norm.  Approximations can help life go on, but they aren’t likely to make living anywhere near the norm.

Lastly there are “conditions” that are rather exclusive, like the old age deterioration of a being, human and other.  Things and people wear out.  Some patching can often be done, but what’s worn out is never going to be new again and it’s only a matter of time before it’s all gone.  That’s the people in the old folks’ home, and the unique medical concerns that go with it.  People expect to die, if not there exactly, in hospitals, nursing homes, etc.

Medical “events,” such as blood pressure checks and lectures about helpful equipment for sale, are common in “elderly” places.  Death does happen; the people are more likely to die there than under ordinary circumstances.  It’s not as common as some places, but it is a part of life at such places more so than in the world beyond them. Medical conditions that will end in death are more likely to be a part of the everyday living and needs.

Tomorrow doesn’t come for everyone.  😦